• Former Verdigris standout Rotnei Clarke: No hard feelings about Arkansas departure

    Published: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    BELLA VISTA — Rotnei Clarke didn’t finish his college career with the Arkansas basketball program, transferring to Butler after his junior season. The departure didn't change the former Verdigris star's opinion of Arkansas, though. Clarke, who has signed a 10-month contract to play his second season in Belgium for Okapi Aalstar, lives in Fayetteville, Ark., told an Arkansas newspaper that he's still a "huge fan" of the Hogs. BELLA VISTA — Rotnei Clarke didn’t finish his college career with the Arkansas basketball program, transferring to Butler after his junior season. The departure didn’t change his opinion of Arkansas, though. “I still look at Fayetteville as my home,” Clarke said Friday afternoon. “I had a great time when I played here. It’s an awesome place to live, and I can definitely see myself ending up here when I’m done playing basketball.” Clarke, who lives in Fayetteville with his wife, the former Patricia Elliott, participated in the Northwest Arkansas Razorback Club’s golf scramble in Bella Vista on Friday. The 25-year-old — who is a few months removed from a successful start to his professional career — revisited his time with the Razorbacks before playing a round of golf with a few family members in the event. - See more at: http://swtimes.com/sports/clarke-no-hard-feelings-toward-hogs#sthash.1Vxc75pR.dpuf

  • UNC hires Zac Selmon as Associate Director of Athletics

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    The University of North Carolina has hired Zac Selmon to become the new Associate Director of Athletics. Selmon, a former Wake Forest tight end, is a Norman native and the son of former OU standout Dewey Selmon. He recently worked as the associate director of athletics development at the University of Oklahoma.

  • Blake Griffin replaced by John Wall on US World Cup roster

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    Washington Wizards guard John Wall has been added to the U.S. player pool for this summer's World Cup of Basketball. Wall will replace former OU star Blake Griffin on the roster. Griffin said Thursday that he was pulling out of the U.S.'s player pool for the FIBA World Cup. Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kevin Love are among the players expected to report to training camp July 28-Aug. 1 in Las Vegas.

  • Two Texas players under investigation 'immediately eligible'

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    Charlie Strong and the University of Texas had a long day of letting players go on Friday, but at least two players get to stick around. UT announced that two players under NCAA investigation for accepting a meal from an agent are "immediately eligible for competition." Texas officials didn't release the names of the players, but reports of the players  possibly losing their NCAA eligibility surfaced last week.

  • LOOK: Baylor's McLane Stadium photos are spectacular

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    Fresh off its first Big 12 football championship in school history, Baylor is riding a wave of momentum into 2014. A new stadium will do that. The Big 12 showed off the latest photos of McLane Stadium, set to open in time for Baylor's home opener against SMU on Aug. 31. OU misses out on the waterfront stadium experience this season (Baylor at OU, Nov. 8) but Oklahoma State gets a taste of Waco's newest attraction on Nov. 22.

  • Report: Lakers offer coaching job to Byron Scott

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    The Los Angeles Lakers have offered their head coaching job to Byron Scott, according to league sources. Scott reportedly received an endorsement from Kobe Bryant, who played with Scott as a rookie in 1996. Scott was made a verbal offer by owner Jim Buss on Thursday, according to ESPN. Scott was the coach of the Oklahoma City Hornets when the team was relocated to OKC following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

  • Former OU receiver Kenny Stills leaves Saints camp with quad injury

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    Former OU receiver Kenny Stills had to leave New Orleans Saints training camp practice on Friday with a right quadriceps injury. Stills pulled up lame on a pass route when the quad flared up on a play. Saints coach Sean Payton said Stills had similar tightness two weeks ago. Stills had 32 receptions for 641 yards and five touchdowns as a rookie in 2013, and  led the NFL in yards per reception (20.0).

  • Charlie Strong's purge at Texas reminiscent of Mike Gundy's first offseason

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    New Texas coach Charlie Strong has dismissed six players during the last two days, including  former Oklahoma prep star Josh Turner on Friday. The Tulsa World's John E. Hoover draws comparison to when Mike Gundy booted nine players from the Oklahoma State program in his first seven months.  

  • WATCH: Top 10 Kevin Durant summer basketball highlights

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    TheMarsReel.com, in collaboration with Slam.com, put together this highlight reel of Kevin Durant's 10 baddest summer moments. Durant is a notorious summer pickup player, so it only makes sense that he'd have a bunch of good footage from the offseason to chose from. Slamonline.com has it's own section of its website devoted to Nike and Kevin Durant's #thebadd35t campaign.

  • Former Millwood standout Josh Turner dismissed from Texas

    staff reports | Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    Charlie Strong's rampage through the UT football program continues. Former Millwood All-State player Josh Turner has been dismissed from the team for a "violation of team rules," as reported by Orangebloods.com. Turner, a senior, was entering this season as one of the most experienced players on the Longhorns' defense . Turner was the top prospect out of Oklahoma in the 2011 class. He becomes the seventh player dismissed from the Texas program in a two-day stretch by Strong, who also dismissed  third-leading rusher Joe Bergeron and linebacker Kendall Thompson on Friday morning.

  • Nick Saban admits he was afraid of Santa Claus, wears a Luigi hat

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    This isn't news. Now that we got that out of the way, brighten up your day with Alabama coach Nick Saban admitting he was afraid of Santa Claus and putting on a Luigi hat. ESPN's Colin Cowherd suggests Saban should wear a hat a couple of times this year. Saban says he wouldn't wear one in a game, but would put one on in the "Cage Confidential." Cowherd: "Can I put something on (you) and see if you like it?" Saban: "I'll assume I won't but you can." Then Saban transforms into Luigi and everyone's life changes for the better.

  • Report: Texas RB Joe Bergeron 5th UT player dismissed in 2 days

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    The morning after dismissing four scholarship players for various reasons, Texas coach Charlie Strong sent another one packing Friday — running back Joe Bergeron. A source close to the football team confirmed to the Austin American-Statesman that Bergeron was dismissed for an undisclosed violation of team rules. This was after news broke late Thursday that backup running back Jalen Overstreet and defensive back Chevoski Collins were also dismissed. The Texas athletic department has not officially confirmed any of these dismissals. This comes on the heels of Strong publically suspending two Texas plays Thursday who were charged with felony sexual assault .

  • Four Thunder games on NBA's 'Top Games of the Year' ballot

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    There's no way you can say the Oklahoma City Thunder had a boring season. The NBA confirms it in its nominees for the top games of the 2013-14 season. Four of the 10 nominees had the Thunder involved. Here are the Thunder-related games nominated. You can vote for the Game of the Year here : Nov. 29, 2013 - Thunder 113, Warriors 112 (OT) Russell Westbrook drilled a stunning, turnaround 3-pointer with :00.1 on the clock to give Oklahoma City a thrilling 113-112 win over Golden State in overtime. March 21 - Thunder 119, Raptors 118 (2OT) Kevin Durant carried the Thunder with an MVP-worthy performance, scoring 51 points including the game-winning 3-pointer in the double-overtime. May 13 - Thunder 105, Clippers 104 Western Conference semifinals, Game 5: Oklahoma City came roaring back from 13 points down in the last 3:30 for a thrilling one-point win in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals. May 31 - Spurs 112, Thunder 107 (OT) Western Conference finals, Game 6: The San Antonio Spurs got a huge game off the bench from Boris Diaw and withstood a furious Oklahoma City rally to beat the Thunder in overtime. Diaw led the Spurs with 26 points on 8-for-14 shooting.

  • Kevin Durant reflects on bittersweet season in NBA.com interview

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    Bittersweet might be the best way to describe the 2013-14 season for Kevin Durant. Durant won his first MVP and fought through the absence of Russell Westbrook for much of the season to lead the Thunder to another deep playoff run. At the same time, the Thunder again fell short of an NBA title. In a sit down with Lang Whitaker, Durant shed light on his season and talks about everything from his latest shoe to why he couldn't watch the San Antonio Spurs celebrate their title. He also added some insight on his MVP acceptance speech. "I watched it once just to see the reactions of my teammates, see them crying," Durant said.

  • Bacone College's Deantre Harlan in Rams training camp

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    Deantre Harlan was on track for a bright Division I football career at Baylor until he decided he also wanted to play basketball. That's what brought him to Oklahoma Wesleyan and later Muskogee's Bacone College. After a combined 13 sacks in two seasons on the football field at Bacone, Harlan is now trying to make the St. Louis Rams as an undrafted free agent. “At this point, I definitely think the speed of the game is the biggest difference from college and what I’ve seen here," Harlan said. “But I’m enjoying every bit of this. I’m enjoying the football and I’m enjoying St. Louis. If I keep doing everything I’ve been doing, the things that helped get me here, and just keep taking it a day at a time, I feel like I have a chance."

  • Sam Bradford 'full-go' for camp, says Rams coach Jeff Fisher

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    Coach Jeff Fisher said Thursday that former OU quarterback Sam Bradford is "full-go" for St. Louis Rams training camp after an offseason of rehab on his surgically repaired knee. "Sam is in great shape," Fisher said per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch . "He's ready to go. We don't have (reservations) -- right now as we speak, as camps starts -- he's full-go." Fisher said Bradford will play in the preseason, but hinted that he may not play in the preseaon opener in two weeks against the New Orleans Saints.  

  • Kevin Durant makes list of best-dressed at ESPYs

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    Kevin Durant raised some eyebrows when he showed up at the ESPYs sporting an emerald green tuxedo jacket. The bold fashion choice drew both positive and negative responses, but it turned out good enough to earn Durant a spot at No. 4 on a list of the top eight best-dressed athletes at the ESPYs. An excerpt of the review on Durant: "In the case (of) most athlete's fashion choices, they are more loud and obnoxious than not, but Durant earns respect for how he wore this jacket." In the case most athlete’s fashion choices, they are more loud and obnoxious than not, but Durant earns respect for how he wore this jacket. - See more at: http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/top-8-best-dressed-athletes-espys/#sthash.M5xFSOeW.dpuf In the case most athlete’s fashion choices, they are more loud and obnoxious than not, but Durant earns respect for how he wore this jacket. - See more at: http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/top-8-best-dressed-athletes-espys/#sthash.M5xFSOeW.dpuf In the case most athlete’s fashion choices, they are more loud and obnoxious than not, but Durant earns respect for how he wore this jacket. - See more at: http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/top-8-best-dressed-athletes-espys/#sthash.M5xFSOeW.dpuf In the case most athlete’s fashion choices, they are more loud and obnoxious than not, but Durant earns respect for how he wore this jacket. - See more at: http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/top-8-best-dressed-athletes-espys/#sthash.M5xFSOeW.dpuf

  • Reports: Texas RB Joe Bergeron dismissed from Longhorns

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    Texas coach Charlie Strong continues to clean house. Strong has reportedly dismissed running back Joe Bergeron from the team for a "violation of team rules." After missing spring practice, Bergeron was " back in the mix ," according to Strong at Big 12 Media Days. Bergeron was the Longhorns' third-leading rusher last season with 362 yards.

  • OU Football: Is Bob Stoops obsessed with the SEC?

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    Bob Stoops  made no secret this week he wasn't a fan of Alabama coach Nick Saban calling the Crimson Tide's loss to OU in the Sugar Bowl a "consolation game." And it's not the first time Stoops has fired shots at the SEC. In his mailbag on foxsports.com, Clay Travis went as far as to assert Stoops is obsessed with the SEC, though for a reason that has little to do with Alabama. "Bob Stoops is obsessed with the SEC because Texas A&M joining the SEC has hit the Oklahoma program harder than any program not named Texas," Travis writes.

  • Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys talk extension; deal not close

    Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    The Dallas Cowboys have had several discussions with the agent for receiver Dez Bryant about a lucrative, long-term extension, but the sides are not close to a deal as the team opens training camp. The former OSU receiver b elieves he has earned the right to be among the highest-paid receivers in the league, but he understands he likely will have to wait to cash in with a new contract. Coming off his first Pro Bowl appearance, Bryant is entering the final year of his rookie deal and is due to make $1.78 million this season. "It feels good to know that things are being talked about, but I'm going to let it take care of itself," Bryant told ESPNDallas.com after the Cowboys' first practice of camp Thursday. "I feel like as long as I take care of business on that field, the rest will be taken care of."